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Dramatic Lighting and Intense Detail: Photos by Cody Blain Jones

A photo of a man standing in front of Prada MarfaTy Prada, Marfa

Cody Blain Jones is a creative and commercial photographer based in Austin, Texas. Working with a range of subjects from products to portraits, the artist has a flair for dramatic lighting and intense detail.


A soft focus photo of the moon behind a plantMoon through the trees


Cody’s creative work is focused on topics of psychology and the mind. I like his decision to group creative photos by concept, rather than by subject. The resulting series are like visual storyboards, giving the viewer the framework of a story, setting the tone, and letting you fill in the blanks.


His Somnambulism series features a number of photographs of human subjects, though each presents a different style and tone, ranging from obscured silhouettes of people to sharply lit models. The gallery is interspersed with lightly abstracted images of nature, close-up flowers, a full moon and nighttime foliage. The resulting series feels heavily referential to sleep and dreams, despite a lack of direct sleep imagery.


The portrait gallery on Cody Blain Jones' websiteCody's portfolio of portrait photography


Cody’s commercial photography, by contrast, focuses on showing us every minute detail of a product or architectural form, utilizing bright, direct lighting and sharp shadows. These commercial photographs are similar in intensity to the work of Sam Kaplan.


A commercial photograph of a Pentax cameraPentax

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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